E4 has given the green-light to Youngers, a new dramedy series set in the UK’s urban music scene. The half hour drama series is being produced by Big Talk Productions and has been given an eight episode order for its first season.
Written by Levi David Addai (My Murder, Micah), Georgia Lester (Skins) and Mark Catley (Eggbox, Casualty), Youngers is set in South East London and follows a group of friends trying to negotiate their way through teenage life in a world that’s more about swagger than straight A’s. The series opens on GCSE results day as friends Yemi and Jay nervously make their way to find out what the future holds. Aspiring producer Yemi aces his results, but there’s no celebrating for Jay. Determined to swerve a career fixing boilers with his dad, MC Jay picks up a leaflet for Mic Star, a local music competition that could be his break into the urban music industry. But for these Youngers it’s never going to be that easy. Youngers stars Jovian Wade, Percelle Ascott, Dee Kartier and a number of successful candidates chosen from the open auditions held by E4 and Big Talk Productions earlier this year.
Speaking of Youngers, Sophie Gardiner, Commissioning Editor for Channel 4 Drama, said: “Youngers is a very exciting project for E4. Levi David Addai has written something utterly contemporary, witty and warm, which offers an insight into the lives of teenagers who have dreams and talent – a view of a world we don’t often see.”